Actress Conchata Ferrell, Who Played Berta on 'Two and a Half Men' Dies at 77

Actress Conchata Ferrell sadly passed away this week at the age of 77. Many people will recognize her as the co-star on “Two and a Half Men” where she played the role of Berta.

On Monday, October 12, 2020, Conchata Ferrell died at Sherman Oaks Hospital. The actress passed away peacefully surrounded by family after suffering from complications following a cardiac arrest.

Ferrell was well-known for her role on “Two and a Half Men” where she appeared for more than 200 episodes. The star was also nominated three times for an Emmy Award for her role in the series.

Conchata Ferrell at the 35th Annual People's Choice Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 7, 2009, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Lester Cohen/WireImage/Getty Images

Conchata Ferrell at the 35th Annual People's Choice Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 7, 2009, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Lester Cohen/WireImage/Getty Images

STARRING ALONGSIDE SHEEN

Ferrell acted alongside Charlie Sheen’s character Charlie Harper as his housekeeper Berta. In 2005 and 2007, she was nominated for the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category for her role.

Besides acting on “Two and a Half Men,” Ferrell also starred as a regular on “L.A. Law‘s” sixth season. Her co-star on the show, actor Jon Cryer, paid tribute to her after her sudden death.

CRYER’S TRIBUTE

Cryer, who plays Harper’s brother Alan, described Ferrell as a “beautiful human.” The actor confessed that he was crying for her because she would be missed along with the joy she brought others.

Sheen mourned her saying she was “an absolute sweetheart, a consummate pro, a genuine friend.” Talking to the character she played on the show, the actor joked how Berta’s housekeeping skills were a bit suspicious but that her people-keeping had been perfect.

CONCHATA’S NOMINATIONS & ROLES

In 1992, Ferrell received another Emmy nomination for appearing as Susan Bloom on “L.A. Law.” She also starred in other television series’ including “ER,” “Good Times,” “BJ and the Bear,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Grace and Frankie.”

Besides appearing on television, the actress also featured off-Broadway. She was one of the original members of the Circle Repertory Theatre and also starred in “The Sea Horse” as Gertrude Blum.

SOME OF HER ACCOLADES & HER ILLNESS

“The Sea Horse” earned her a Theatre World Award, a Drama Desk Award, and an Obie Award for Best Actress in 1974. She also had a role in “Hot L Baltimore” as April Green, which led her to Los Angeles.

In July 2020, Ferrell was transferred to a long-term care facility. At the time, the actress had spent more than four weeks in the ICU, according to her husband Arnie who spoke to “TMZ.”

WHY SHE WAS AT THE HOSPITAL

The actress’s husband revealed that Ferrell ended up in a hospital in May 2020. While at the hospital, she went into cardiac arrest suddenly for around ten minutes leading her to be moved.

Arnie explained that his wife was taken to a treatment center described as a respiratory unit. She was put on dialysis and on a respirator while her husband couldn’t visit her because of the novel coronavirus safety guidelines.

GETTING HEALTH UPDATES

However, Arnie got frequent updates from the nurses. The star’s husband shared that it would take a while before she recovered and revealed that they were just hoping for the best with her health outcome.

Ferrell was initially taken to the hospital because of an illness related to an infection she battled in December 2019/January 2020. At the time, she was taken to a hospital near Charleston, West Virginia due to a kidney infection.

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